NATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY
On the first Sunday in August, National Friendship Day encourages people across the country and world to connect with friends. Make a new friend or reconnect with an old one.
Friendships come in many forms. We begin developing them when we’re very young. Throughout our lives, friendships and their meanings evolve. Our classmates and neighborhood pals explored the world with us. Together we shared experiences and made plans for the future. Eventually, paths diverge and new friends find a place in our social experience. Our world expands and our culture changes.
Our friends teach us about the bigger world. Through friendships, we grow and broaden our horizons. Eventually, the world becomes smaller and more connected.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY
Get in contact with your friends for a chat or visit. Accept an invitation to meet new people. You might make life long friendships you didn’t know could exist. Post on social media using #NationalFriendshipDay to encourage others to connect with each other.
NATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY HISTORY
National Friendship Day was originally founded by Hallmark in 1919. It was intended to be a day for people to celebrate their friendship by sending each other cards. However, by 1940 the market had dried up, and eventually, it died out completely. Then, in 1998 Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations. In April 2011, the United Nations officially recognized 30th July as International Friendship Day; although most countries celebrate on the first Sunday of August!
The official declaration invites us to “observe this day in an appropriate manner, in accordance with the culture and other appropriate circumstances or customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.”
NATIONAL SISTERS DAY
National Sisters Day on the first Sunday in August celebrate the unique bond between sisters. This particular set of siblings embrace moments that make them laugh and cringe. While they don’t always agree, sisters have each other’s backs.
All siblings have the odd argument here and there, but deep down there’s little way around the natural connection between siblings. Even those who don’t have a natural sister sibling know the bonds of sisterhood. Those who forge a relationship with their spouse’s sisters understand. Also, women who support each other through difficult times form a sisterhood.
A sister is like yourself in a different movie,
a movie that stars you in a different life. ~ Deborah Tannen
No two sisters are alike. From love interests to cars, sisters will disagree. And food, cleaning, and children require interventions. However, we rely on each other while privately envying a sister’s style, ability or grace. A sister understands when no one else does, sometimes when even you don’t. So, sister time provides vital healing.
Whether your sisters harrassed you from day one or found you later in life, this day brings you back together. Cherish the memories and make plans to create new ones. Reconnect or patch up any misunderstandings. Sisters are forever.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL SISTERS DAY
Make this day a special celebration with your sister. If you don’t have a sister, celebrate the friendships of sisterhood by having a girls’ night out! Post on social media using #NationalSistersDay to encourage others to do the same.
NATIONAL SISTERS DAY HISTORY
We were unable to identify the creator of National Sisters Day.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DAY
On August 4th, National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day gives us an opportunity to dunk American’s #1 favorite cookie. Whether yours are homemade or storebought, pour a glass of milk and enjoy.
Without chocolate chips, the cookie would still be number one. Or would it?
For that reason, we also recognize Ruth Graves Wakefield on National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Thanks to her inventiveness and curiosity, chocolate chips and a cookie dough go together. And for this reason, we hover around ovens savoring the moment the timer dings.
How the Chocolate Chip Cookie Began
Imagine if Ruth Graves Wakefield hadn’t run out of baker’s chocolate for her cookie recipe that day in 1937. Because that’s what happened. The cookie recipe she was preparing called for baker’s chocolate and would have blended smoothly into the dough. However, she was out. And what if Mrs. Wakefield hadn’t considered using semi-sweet chocolate instead? She figured it would just melt into the dough and work much like the baker’s chocolate.
Or, what if someone had interrupted Ruth Graves Wakefield that day and caused the cookies to burn and ruin the experiment?
Well, none of that happened. Instead of interruptions or doubts, the baker added the chocolate to the dough. Moments later the mouthwatering aroma began to waft from Mrs. Wakefield’s oven. Perhaps the smell lured a child into the kitchen. Or maybe a guest at the Tollhouse Inn she and her husband owned. We may not know the finer details of the day the chocolate chip cookie came to be. However, we do know Ruth Graves Wakefield made it happen.
And if it weren’t for her, we wouldn’t know the ecstasy of warm chocolate chip cookie melting on our tongue. We know that feeling. When our eyes close in heavenly satisfaction and a perfect smile graces our face. No, if it weren’t for Ruth Graves Wakefield, entire generations would be denied the bliss that is a chocolate chip cookie.
We could even go so far as to say she is responsible for all those other nuggets of goodness. Those morsels of butterscotch, peanut butter, and white chocolate we enjoy in much the same way we enjoy our chocolate delights. Nothing, though, rates quite as high as the chocolate chip cookie Ruth Graves Wakefield brought to us in 1937. No, nothing.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateChipDay
Make your favorite chocolate chip cookies and throw some extra chocolate chips into the mix! Give this recipe a try. Post on social media using #ChocolateChipCookieDay.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP DAY HISTORY
We were unable to find the origins of this holiday.
AMERICAN FAMILY DAY
American Family Day on the First Sunday in August encourages us to enjoy the waning summer rays with those dearest to us.
Principally, the day encourages families to spend time with one another. Unlike some other familial holidays, the proclamation of the day discourages gift giving. Instead, the observance urges focusing on family relationships.
In every conceivable manner, the family is a link to our past, bridge to our future. ~ Alex Haley
While we all may not need a reminder to focus on our family, sometimes we get caught up in the business of life. Perhaps there’s never time for the whole family to be together. Occasionally, we realize one family member or another needs more attention. Time slips by, and we need to check in on a parent or an elderly relative.
There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on. ~ Leo Christopher
Connecting with those who mean the most to us maintains our foundations. Even our newest family members need the nurturing, so they continue to grow and blossom. The best gift we can give our families is ourselves.
HOW TO OBSERVE AMERICAN FAMILY DAY
Enjoy your family! Play games outdoors or go for a walk. Pick up some fresh fruit and visit grandparents. Gather with other families and use #AmericanFamilyDay to post on social media.
AMERICAN FAMILY DAY HISTORY
Now annually celebrated across the United States on the first Sunday in August, this day began as a 1-year proclamation. It was signed by Governor Raul Castro, declaring August 7, 1977, as American Family Day. The following year, Governor Bruce Babbit signed the day into law as an official Arizona holiday.
NATIONAL COAST GUARD DAY
National Coast Guard Day on August 4 celebrates and honors the courageous work of the service members of Coast Guard.
The United States Coast Guard is one of the five US Armed Forces. While this maritime service is a branch of the military, they are a multi-missioned service. During peacetime, it operates under the Department of Homeland Security. However, their responsibilities can be transferred to the US Navy by the President of the United States any time deemed necessary, or by Congress during war times.
Always ready, The United States Coast Guard’s official motto in Latin reads Semper Paratus.
Since 1790, the Coast Guard’s missions have changed. As the nation and the military services grew, maritime needs evolved. In 1917, the first Coast Guard aviators graduated from Pensacola Naval Aviation Training School. Today, aviation is a large part of the Coast Guard’s security, enforcement and defense readiness.
Always ready to protect our shores and waterways, the Coast Guard provides more than search and rescue. They are a large part of the nation’s navigation system and Marine Environmental Protection.
When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of America, the US Coast Guard saved over 33,500 lives. Their maritime efforts rescued an estimated 24,000 lives from peril in severely dangerous conditions.
Since 1790, service members have been at the ready to provide support whatever the mission. Their commitment continues today.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL COAST GUARD DAY
In America, thousands of events nationwide honor the Coast Guard. Get involved and show your support. Post on social media using #NationalCoastGuardDay.
NATIONAL COAST GUARD HISTORY
The United States Coast Guard traces its founding to an act of Congress on August 4, 1790. The Coast Guard consisted of 10 vessels which carried out the enforcement of various trade and humanitarian duties.
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